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jodi 1115We all have stuff we “have” to do.  Right?

You know…. that work stuff….  chores ….  pay bills…

But in between, we all have some very precious time to do the stuff we “choose” to do.

This blog is about all that stuff… the things I love to do…. when I get to choose what I want to do…

For me sometimes…. for others sometimes…

But mostly just because I can…. and I want to….. and I love to….

And isn’t that what life is really all about?    The stuff you get to do when you don’t have to do something.   The choices you make and the things you do when you can do whatever you want.

For me – it’s about being creative and positive and joyful.

It’s baking and cooking and feeding people.  Have you ever seen sweeter smiles than those when people are biting into a freshly baked gooey chocolate chip cookie or heavenly light and crispy cinnamon chip scone?

It’s the joy in the journey of learning watercolor painting for this 50+ year old non-artsy student of life with absolutely zero education or experience in art.

It’s crafting things from old junk and a warm heart to create special, personalized gifts that are treasures to those who receive them.

It’s about photographing food in the most mouth-watering ways that make people want to cook or bake or EAT! … or capturing the glow of an Autumn sunset or the smile in a child’s eyes through the lens of my camera.

It’s words – writing them and reading them.  Painting pictures with words that conjure up feelings of warmth and nostalgia and joy and love.  Creating sentences with words that make people think about things differently.  Writing from the perspective of our four-legged furry adopted son, Charlie – a dog with brown eyes and a white-tipped tail who loves food, cats, chipmunks, and toy donuts, and whose best friends are Mike the UPS Man, Cliff the Mailman, and ANYONE who delivers pizza to the house.

It’s enjoying good food and good drinks with those I love.

It’s meeting new people and exploring new places.

So how do you categorize such a wild and varied blog?
It’s simply…. the creative life in between.

Me?
I’m Jodi.

Wife to the guy that captured my heart at 16, married me when I was 19, and still tells me he loves me every day 34 years later.

Mom to two of the most amazing young men in the entire world and mother-in-law to the sweetest young lady any mom could wish for her son to find, with another daughter-in-law joining our family soon.

New Grandma to the most beautiful baby girl in the entire universe who I get to spend Fridays with every week!

Director of Strategic Projects and the Office of the CEO for a hospice and home health agency, where I get to contribute to helping seniors stay in their homes and providing the best end-of-life experiences for those facing that journey.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you find something here that makes your heart smile.

Cheers and Hugs,
Jodi

Blogging since  5/17/2014

 

140 thoughts on “About

  1. I love the blog and I love all the in between stuff! Thanks so much for sharing and here’s to hoping I like that Cauliflower grattan enough to love cauliflower like a grown up should do!

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  2. Heylow Jodi 🙂 I found you from Amanda’s blog and your comments seemed to be so warm and fuzzy and I felt like I should visit you 🙂 And sure enough I landed in a wonderful blog 🙂 Your about section is so endearing and I was smiling reading it the whole time 🙂 As you might have already guessed am all for happily ever afters and spreading some cheer and positivity around and your life seems to echo the very same thoughts ❤ Hope to connect with you more in this wonderful world of blogosphere and looking forward to welcome you to my corner as well 🙂 Cheers and warmest wishes, Minaxi ❤

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  3. Hi Jodi, nice to meet you. As you know Lynn from Lynz Real Cooking highlighted you and your blog on Friday, so I just had to pop over and say hi. I look forward to visiting your blog ! Enjoy the rest of your weekend. 🙂

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  4. Hi Jodi, saw your beautiful purple rose bud image! Would it be possible to purchse for my bookcover? The title is A Seed of Hope for a Journey through grief. It would be perfect.

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  5. I’m so glad I found you Jodi and lifeinbeteen.me… I feel like I’ve been missing out on so much. I love your humor and most of all your simple delicious recipes. Your so inspirational and I hope to learn so much more from you!!! XOXO

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  8. Hi there, Jodi. Thanks for enjoying my Post on the old Cabin. That’s what my BLog is all about for the most part. I love snooping around Historical places in and around my area. It’s just full of History. I take either my Nikon D7000 or my Pentax K10d with me most all the time. I live here in Reading, PA USA where I’ve spent most of my Life. I just turned 69 and sometimes I feel the age. I’m not getting any younger! Be well where you are.

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      • I do cherish the moments, Jodi. At my age I have to. As long as I can stay above ground, I’ll be happy. Have never been to Pittsburgh. Passed right by it on our way to Ohio. Would love to see a Steelers game!! I’m told the Stadium really get’s nut’s!

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  10. Hi Jodi

    I found you by accident I was looking to see how other people made their stuffed cabbage. (I’ m just getting ready to make some for Christmas) You mentioned going to a Slovak church, so I was checking to see where you lived and if you church put out a Slovak cookbook. I’m 67 years old and STILL collecting Slovak cookbooks. Well imagine my surprise to find you live in Pittsburgh. I live in the Shenango Valley (around the Sharon area) My daughter went to college in Pittsburgh and lived there for many years and I have a cousin who still does. I was also interested in your work with hospice. When I was younger and still able to get around I did patient care for hospice for 6 years.
    I do not have a blog,but I will be checking yours out when I find the time.
    It’s funny how you can find many ways to connect even when you don’t know the person.
    Have a great holiday.

    Gram Patty

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    • Hi patty. What a small world huh?! So nice to hear from you! You are a little north of us in mars. Sorry no cookbook to share but enjoy your halupki and merry merry Christmas!!!

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  11. Goodness you seem like such a nice person. And your family too. I look forward to following your life adventures and thoughts. My blog has a similar topic. Life stories. How could anyone be bored when there is so much fun stuff out there to experience, hear about, read about, write about. On to read more of your posts.

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    • Awh! I’m smiling and blushing a bit, but thanks for making my day!! I look forward to getting to now you better too, Lisa, and following your exciting adventures – triplets and all! 🙂

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